What Are Your Goals for RA Treatment?
How can you tell if a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment is working? Doctors often
measure effectiveness of RA treatment in clinical terms, such as getting blood test
results that suggest low disease activity or having few to no minutes of joint stiffness
when you wake up. But these may not be the ways you would define successful treatment.
What are your goals for RA treatment? What things do you need or want to do that
RA may keep you from accomplishing? Write down your goals, and keep track of your
progress or success in meeting them. And be sure to share your goals with your doctor.
Your goals could be as simple as buttoning a shirt, holding a coffee cup, carrying
a load of laundry up the stairs, keeping up with your toddler, or playing with your
dog. Or, they could be as ambitious as running a marathon or as important as keeping
Only you know how you felt before RA, what you were able to do, and what energy
you had for everyday tasks, activities, and challenges. And, only you can determine
if you are getting enough relief from symptoms with your current treatment.
- How does RA affect your life now?
- Are you able to do the things
you need and want to do?
If you are not, it may be time to discuss your RA treatment with your doctor. Talk
to your doctor about all your options for getting the most from your treatment and
determine if CIMZIA is right for you.
Learn about CIMZIA for treatment of moderate to severe RA
Important Safety Information
Nervous system problems may occur, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation
of the nerves of the eyes. Symptoms include dizziness, numbness or tingling, problems
with your vision, and weakness in your arms or legs.
Allergic reactions may occur. Signs of an allergic reaction include a skin rash, swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat, or trouble breathing.
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